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Why Financial Success Eludes Majority of Healthcare Mergers

Philip Betbeze

Only four in 10 of all acquired hospitals outperformed their markets within two years of signing. In part, it's because the healthcare industry is being reactive, when it should be purposeful and strategic instead, says one analyst. >>>


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Safety Nets Face $53.3B in Uncompensated Care Costs

With Medicaid expansion no longer mandatory and the uninsured population growing, public hospitals stand to rack up billions of dollars in uncompensated healthcare costs, an industry group says. >>>

Million Dollar Metrics: KPI That Builds the Bottom-line

How Virginia's Centra Health took control of its eligibility and enrollment data, and as a result cut uncompensated care by $9.1 million to save a total of $11 million. >>>

Healthcare Collaboration Strategies Gaining Ground

In "collaboratories" designed to improve care for all patients, regardless of which health system renders care, providers learn what saves lives and lowers costs by being transparent about procedural sequences as well as results. >>>

Q&A: Readmissions Prevention Expert Warns of Penalties

While many hospitals have launched readmission reduction efforts, national readmissions expert Amy Boutwell, MD, is calling out the industry's inattention. Too many executives don't understand how much money they could lose, she says. >>>

Healthcare Reform Then, and Now

The 1990s' attempt at healthcare reform didn't work out too well for many hospitals and health systems because both patients and physicians rebelled against managed care and its blanket preauthorization rules. Will history repeat itself? >>>

Exeter Hospital on 'Termination Track'

New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital faces new challenges with the release of a third investigative report, this one threatening its ability to receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. >>>

Healthgrades Revs its Hospital Scoring System

With a revamped quality ranking system, Healthgrades takes its place among other groups scoring hospital safety and quality of care: Leapfrog Group, Consumer Reports, U.S. News & World Report, Truven, and Hospital Compare. >>>

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News Headlines

Settlement proposed to broaden Medicare coverage

The Los Angeles Times, October 26, 2012

McKesson plans to buy PSS World Medical for $1.62 billion

Bloomberg, October 26, 2012

Aetna, facing healthcare overhaul, holds down costs

Reuters, October 26, 2012

Health companies sitting on cash may mean bigger deals

Bloomberg, October 26, 2012

Medicaid spending is slowing. Yes, really.

The Washington Post, October 26, 2012

No criminal charges for Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital officials

Monterey County Herald, October 26, 2012

CBO director: Health law will hurt innovation, ration care

The Hill, October 25, 2012

78 West Penn doctors ask for new management team

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 24, 2012

Lawsuits by NC hospital chain drop sharply

The Charlotte Observer, October 22, 2012

N. Phila. hospital chair’s role in management raises eyebrows

The Philidelphia Inquirer, October 22, 2012

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